Rewiring Your Aging Brain For Added Preventive Health

Your thoughts make you who you are. Do you believe that? It’s true.

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Whether it’s positive or negative, if you think of something over and over again, it can lead to you being an uneasy kind of person. Our thoughts change our brain’s chemical balance so much so, that many people actually become mentally ill. Negative thoughts can set off a chain reaction. Your overall health, along with your appearance, like your skin, nails, hair will all suffer in the end. Kind of scary to know that our negative thoughts—over time—can turn us into a person we don’t want to become.

It’s really scary to know that our negative thinking may actually contribute to the start of dementia and other brain issues. Of course, this isn’t the whole picture. But we’re focusing on the aspects of mental health and prevention that we can influence with our behavior. It turns out that we have more control than we ever imagined. Who knows what percentage of negative thoughts have been contributing to serious mental illness over the years. Changing your brain chemistry is crucial to mental health. Healing our moment-to-moment thought patterns is critical to our brain health. Did you know that every thought you have sends electrical signals throughout your brain? Thoughts have actual physical properties. They are real! They have significant influence on every cell in your body. When your mind is burdened with many negative thoughts, it affects your deep limbic system and causes deep limbic problems (irritability, moodiness, depression, etc.) Teaching yourself to control these thoughts is one of the most effective ways to feel better.

Using positive affirmations to replace the negative ones is one of the best ways to have a healthy brain. Positive affirmations help keep your brain’s chemical balance where it should be. They also help keep your stress level down, which, in turn, helps keep you looking younger and healthier.

So, rewiring your brain for positive thoughts and a positive attitude will help you radiate a sense of well-being, making it easier for others to connect with you. These thoughts will also help you be more effective in your life. Your relationship with your friends, coworkers, your partner, and your kids will drastically improve for the better when you master positive thinking.Your thoughts make you who you are. As you can see, what goes on in your mind all day long can determine whether your behavior is self-defeating or self-promoting. Observing your thoughts and then making conscious decisions to have positive ones can also change everything else around you.

A question I often ask myself is “who do you want to be?”

I find that this question helps me stay aware of my thoughts and maintain my positive thinking.

I have a challenge for you. Starting right now, on this very spot, you are to think only positive thoughts for the next 24 hours. Every time you have a negative thought, write it down and turn it around to make it a positive one. The first step is to become aware of your thoughts. You want to observe, and then assess them. You may realize you are being controlled by a series of unconscious habitual patterns of thinking when you do this.

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